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‘People think it’s just for emo or gothic kids’: the Kenyan metalhead leading a new wave of African rock | Global development

‘People think it’s just for emo or gothic kids’: the Kenyan metalhead leading a new wave of African rock | Global development

[ad_1] As a teenager, Martin Kanja spent countless late nights listening to heavy metal on a local radio show. The furious riffs, shrieks, growls and distorted sounds drowned out his angst. “What drew me to the music was how it was so ‘physical’ – very present, very now – there was no space for negative thoughts or feelings,” says Kanja, who soon decided he too wanted to be a metal artist. In 2010, when he was 19, he left his home town in Kenya’s midwestern city Nakuru for the capital, Nairobi, figuring it was his best bet for a foothold in the underground scene. Fourteen years on, Kanja, AKA Lord Spikeheart, is a veteran of African metal, redefining the boundaries of the genre with the experimental sounds of his debut solo album, The Adept. The album, released in April through his new label, Haekalu – the first in Africa dedicated exclusively to the darkest and heaviest music genres – is a tribute to his great-grandmother Muthoni wa Kirima, the only female field marshal in the …

Court in Central African Republic seeks arrest of former President Bozizé for human rights abuses

Court in Central African Republic seeks arrest of former President Bozizé for human rights abuses

[ad_1] Former Central African Republic President Francois Bozize arrives in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), on January, 27, 2020. FLORENT VERGNES / AFP An internationally backed court in the Central African Republic issued an international arrest warrant Tuesday, April 30, for the country’s exiled former President François Bozizé for human rights abuses from 2009 to 2013, a spokesperson said. The Special Criminal Court was set up in the capital, Bangui, to try war crimes and other human rights abuses committed during the coups and violence that the country has experienced since 2003. Bozizé currently lives in exile in Guinea Bissau, where that country’s President Umaro Sissoco Embaló told the Associated Press that he had not received any request from Bangui about the arrest warrant and that the country’s laws do not allow for extradition. Ibrahim Nour, whose father was tortured and killed in the infamous Bossembélé prison, welcomed the arrest warrant. “Justice may be slow, but it will eventually catch up with the executioners. That’s why I welcome the arrest warrant for the men who …

African farmers look to the past and the future to address climate change 

African farmers look to the past and the future to address climate change 

[ad_1] HARARE —  From ancient fertilizer methods in Zimbabwe to new greenhouse technology in Somalia, farmers across the heavily agriculture-reliant African continent are looking to the past and future to respond to climate change. Africa, with the world’s youngest population, faces the worst effects of a warming planet while contributing the least to the problem. Farmers are scrambling to make sure the booming population is fed. With more than 60% of the world’s uncultivated land, Africa should be able to feed itself, some experts say. And yet three in four people across the continent cannot afford a healthy diet, according to a report last year by the African Union and United Nations agencies. Reasons include conflict and lack of investment. In Zimbabwe, where the El Nino phenomenon has worsened a drought, small-scale farmer James Tshuma has lost hope of harvesting anything from his fields. It’s a familiar story in much of the country, where the government has declared a $2 billion state of emergency and millions of people face hunger. But a patch of green …

U.S. troops to leave Chad, as another African state reassesses ties

U.S. troops to leave Chad, as another African state reassesses ties

[ad_1] LIVINGSTONE, Zambia — Dozens of American military personnel are expected to withdraw from Chad in coming days, three senior U.S. officials said Thursday, amid a broader, involuntary reconfiguration of Washington’s security policy in a volatile part of Africa. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss military movements, said the repositioning could be temporary as the United States intends to negotiate with Chad about their security relationship — including potentially returning the troops who departed — following the country’s presidential elections May 6. It marks the second time in a week the Biden administration has acknowledged it will comply with a host-nation directive to remove deployed forces from an African country deemed integral to U.S. counterterrorism operations in the region. On Friday, officials said the United States had agreed to pull out more than 1,000 military personnel from neighboring Niger. The shake-up in Chad affects fewer than 100 Army Special Forces soldiers who are stationed at the French base in N’Djamena, the capital. They had been on a six-month rotation that …

US to Pull Troops From Chad and Niger as the African Nations Question Its Counterterrorism Role

US to Pull Troops From Chad and Niger as the African Nations Question Its Counterterrorism Role

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pull the majority of its troops from Chad and Niger as it works to restore key agreements governing what role there might be there for the American military and its counterterrorism operations, the Pentagon said Thursday. Both African countries have been integral to the U.S. military’s efforts to counter violent extremist organizations across the Sahel region, but Niger’s ruling junta ended an agreement last month that allows U.S. troops to operate in the West African country. In recent days, neighboring Chad also has questioned whether an existing agreement covered the U.S. troops operating there. The U.S. will relocate most of the approximately 100 forces it has deployed in Chad for now, Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said Thursday at a press briefing. “As talks continue with Chadian officials, U.S. AFRICOM is currently planning to reposition some U.S. military forces from Chad, some portions of which were already scheduled to depart. This is a temporary step as part of the ongoing review of our security cooperation, …

Every human alive today originated from this African country, study finds

Every human alive today originated from this African country, study finds

[ad_1] A genealogy for all of humanity—that faithfully models the historical processes underlying the genetic diversity observable in modern humans. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) In the world of genetic research, the last twenty years have witnessed remarkable progress. This journey has led to the accumulation of genomic data from hundreds of thousands of individuals, including those from ancient times. This influx of information holds the promise of uncovering the roots of human genetic diversity, ultimately allowing us to construct a comprehensive map of global human genealogy. Previously, the primary obstacles to achieving this ambitious goal were twofold: the need to amalgamate genome sequences from diverse databases and the development of algorithms capable of handling such massive datasets. Visualizing inferred human ancestral lineages over time and space. Each line represents an ancestor-descendant relationship in our inferred genealogy of modern and ancient genomes. The width of a line corresponds to how many times the relationship is observed, and lines are colored on the basis of the estimated age of the ancestor. (CREDIT: Science) However, a newly devised method, …

20 dead after ferry sinks in Central African Republic, witnesses say

20 dead after ferry sinks in Central African Republic, witnesses say

[ad_1] Bangui, Central African Republic —  At least 20 people have drowned in Central African Republic after a ferry sank while carrying passengers on a river, witnesses said Saturday. The wooden ferry was carrying more than 300 people to a funeral over the Mpoko River in the capital, Bangui, on Friday when it started to collapse, witnesses told The Associated Press on Saturday. Local boat pilots and fishermen were the first to react and rescued victims and collected bodies from the river before the emergency services arrived. One fisherman who was involved in the rescue, Adrien Mossamo, said that at least 20 bodies were found while waiting for the military to arrive. “It’s a horrible day,” he said. The death toll is rising as the military takes over the search, officials at Bangui University Hospital Center said. The exact number of deaths is currently unknown, and the government didn’t comment. Civil society groups and local political parties sent their condolences in social media posts and called for an inquest into the sinking. [ad_2] Source link

More than 50 people die after boat capsizes in Central African Republic, says official

More than 50 people die after boat capsizes in Central African Republic, says official

[ad_1] At least 58 people going to a funeral died after their overloaded river boat capsized in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, the head of civil protection said on Saturday.   Issued on: 20/04/2024 – 18:52Modified: 20/04/2024 – 22:50 1 min “We were able to extract 58 lifeless bodies,” Thomas Djimasse told Radio Guira. “We don’t know the total number of people who are underwater.” According to witnesses and videos on social media, the boat was carrying more than 300 people — some standing and others perched on wooden structures — when it sank on the Mpoko river on Friday.  The vessel was heading to the funeral of a village chief but got into difficulty shortly after setting off. Rescue services arrived 40 minutes after the disaster. Maurice Kapenya, who was following the boat in a canoe because there was no space on board, said he collected the bodies of some of the victims, including his own sister, with the help of fishermen and residents. Some of the injured were evacuated by motorbike taxis. Driver …